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By Advanced Dental Concepts
June 27, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Has your dentist mentioned that it may be time to start thinking about dentures? The appliances offer a few benefits you may not have denturesconsidered. Our Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Richard Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, regularly helps his patients consider tooth restoration options, including full dentures and implant-supported dentures.

What advantages do dentures offer?

Losing your teeth can have a profound effect on your life. After tooth loss, you may feel less confident and might even avoid social situations due to concerns about your appearance. Missing teeth can also affect your ability to advance in your career if you're still working in the Andover area.

Adding a set of full, immediate or implant-supported dentures to your mouth immediately transforms your appearance. Although the dentures your grandparents wore may have looked bulky or unnatural, today's dentures are designed to look just like natural teeth. In fact, no one will probably be able to tell that you're wearing dentures.

Drooping facial muscles may occur when you no longer have teeth to support the muscles. Dentures decrease sagging and help you look more youthful.

In addition to improving your smile, dentures also offer a few other benefits, including:

  • Better Health: Without teeth to chew, tear, and shred food into small pieces, you may be forced to resort to a liquid or soft diet. Although the diet may keep you feeling full, it won't necessarily contain the nutrients you need to maintain good health. Dentures will allow you to eat many of your favorite foods again and ensure that your diet is nutritionally sound.
  • Better Speech: Speaking clearly is difficult without teeth. No matter how hard you try, it may be impossible to pronounce certain words and sounds if your teeth are missing. If you're tired of repeating yourself or writing down words when others don't understand you, it may be time to consider dentures.

Whether you choose full, immediate, partial, or implant-supported dentures, a new set of teeth can help improve the quality of your life. Call Andover, MA, dentist, Dr. Hopgood of Advanced Dental Concepts, at (978) 475-2431 to schedule an appointment to discuss your denture options.

By Advanced Dental Concepts
July 26, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

If your missing teeth have caused you to feel as though you cannot smile any longer, you are not alone. According to the Centers for denturesDisease Control, about 25% of adults over 60 are missing all their teeth. Luckily, dentures can replace your missing teeth and help you take your smile back. Learn more about dentures with Dr. Richard Hopgood in Andover, MA.

Can dentures benefit me? 
If you have lost all or most of your teeth, dentures can help. Patients missing all their teeth require a full denture, which replaces the entire arch of teeth at once. The denture replaces the teeth and restores their biting surfaces, allowing for effective chewing of food and enabling the patient to speak correctly. Patients with one or more remaining healthy teeth may benefit from a partial denture, which fits over the healthy teeth to incorporate them into the new, prosthetic smile. In either case, dentures replace the missing teeth and help patients look and feel great.

How should I care for my dentures? 
Caring for your dentures will require several extra steps in your daily oral care routine. First, as with any oral care routine, you should brush and floss any remaining natural teeth remaining in your mouth and your oral tissues using a soft toothbrush. You will need to remove your dentures at night before going to sleep. Soak your dentures in a denture solution overnight. Be sure to brush your dentures using a denture-specific brush at least twice daily and rinse them before reinserting them into your mouth. Many people find that they feel more comfortable handling their dentures over a folded towel to ensure that, if they drop them, they only take minimal damage.

Dentures in Andover, MA
If you think you could benefit from dentures, you should consult with your dentist to ensure that this is your best tooth replacement option. You may benefit more from other options like dental bridges or dental implants. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Hopgood in Andover, MA. Call (978) 475-2431 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hopgood today!